About this site

This site provides means to identify and understand the origin of Volkswagen Type 2 busses from years 1967 to 1979. At this time, via an online M-Plate decoder, but it might expand in the future. M-Plates were metallic plates present in all VW busses, which contained a set of alphanumeric production codes to identify a vehicle.

The site was created as a result of the original VW M-Plate decoder going offline, as a personal project to decode the author's own M-Plate and to experiment with code. From there, it evolved into a public website to share this tool with other vintage bus owners from the aircooled community.

The data used to decode the M-plates comes mainly from these sources, and keeps getting expanded every time a user finds out more about an unknown code and shares it with the community:

Privacy policy

The data submitted on the form is stored on the site's database. Only those fields submitted are saved, decoded values are computed on the fly every time an M-plate page is shown.

This is a hobby site without a commercial purpose and without intention to seek financial support. The stored database data will never be submitted to third parties or used for other purposes than improving the site and providing a better service to its users.

The code for this site is Open Source. You can explore it and contribute to the vw-type2-id project on GitLab.

If you would like to have the data for a particular M-plate removed or amended, feel free to get in touch as per the Contact section.


The decoded vehicle data produced on this site comes from multiple sources. Despite best efforts to provide accurate data, it has to be noted that it comes from volunteer research over 40+ years of history of these vehicles.

As such, data is not guaranteed to be accurate nor to have any legal validity. It should be considered as orientative only.


If you've got feedback or questions about the site, feel free to post them on the M-Plate decoder thread on TheSamba.com forum. You're more than welcome to reach out by private message as well.